New year brings triumph, promise for local teams-Portland edition

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Portland’s Zack Elowitch takes down Massabesic’s Noah Hernandez during Saturday’s Spartan Wrestling Annual Tournament in Sanford. Elowitch won the 160-pound championship match, 6-1.

Cheverus’ Owen Burke finds his path to the basket stopped cold by Thornton Academy’s Dylan Griffin during the Golden Trojans’ 54-29 victory last week.


The holidays are behind us and it’s time for the winter sports season to really gear up.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and a look at the upcoming schedule:

Boys’ basketball

Waynflete’s boys’ basketball team was 6-1 at press time after recent home wins over Poland (66-47) and North Yarmouth Academy (76-40). Diraige Dahia had 15 points, Soloman Levy added 14 and Dominick Campbell finished with a dozen in the win over the Knights. Against the Panthers, Levy led the way with 23 points, while Campbell added a dozen and Dahia and Alex Saade each finished with 11. The Flyers go to Old Orchard Beach Thursday and play at Gray-New Gloucester Saturday.

In Class AA North, Portland suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in four years last week as it fell at Gorham in overtime (56-53) and at home to Edward Little in double-overtime (61-56). Against the Rams, Pedro Fonseca had 14 points, Jeremiah Alado added 12 and Trey Bellew finished with 11. Griffin Buckley hit a shot from three-quarters court to apparently force a second overtime, but the shot was ruled to have come after the horn and didn’t count. In the loss to the defending Class AA state champion Red Eddies, Lewis Gaddas and Stillman Mahan each had 15 points and Fonseca sank two free throws to send the game to the second OT, but the Bulldogs fell short and dropped to 5-3 on the season.

“Tonight could have gone either way,” said longtime Portland coach Joe Russo, following the loss to Edward Little. “I was very proud of how the kids played tonight. They gave their heart and soul. It would have been a nice win, but it didn’t happen for us.”

Portland was home with Sanford Tuesday, goes to South Portland Thursday (see for game story), hosts Scarborough Saturday (see for game story) and welcomes Lewiston Tuesday of next week.

Deering was 5-2 at press time following a 60-46 loss at Bonny Eagle and a 41-36 home win over Oxford Hills. In the loss, Ben Onek had a team-high 19 points. Against the Vikings, Onek led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Max Morrione added 13 points. The Rams went to defending Class AA South champion Scarborough Monday, host Cheverus Thursday, visit Bangor Saturday and travel to Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus was 5-4 at the midway point after a 54-29 home loss to Thornton Academy and a 61-53 home win over Scarborough. Against the Golden Trojans, Nick Galli had 10 points, but the Stags only managed a dozen second half points and committed 20 turnovers.

“Credit to (Thornton Academy),” said Cheverus coach Ryan Soucie. “They were the more aggressive team, they executed better than we did. It’s hard to win when you turn the ball over and don’t execute.”

In the victory over the Red Storm, Galli scored 19 points, Nolan Sanborn added 15 and Owen Burke finished with 12. The Stags hosted Gorham Tuesday (see for game story), play at Deering Thursday and visit Massabesic Saturday.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Portland fell to 4-4 after a 43-35 loss at defending Class AA champion Edward Little Friday. Amanda Kabantu led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Portland was home with Sanford Tuesday, plays at South Portland Thursday, welcomes Noble Saturday and visits Lewiston Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus took a 2-7 record to Gorham Monday after a 38-36 win at Thornton Academy and a 56-35 loss at Scarborough. In the victory, Maeve Kelly had 11 points and Emily Bontatibus scored the winning basket at the horn. Against the Red Storm, Lauren Jordan had a team-high seven points.

Deering was 1-5 at press time after a 42-40 home loss to Bonny Eagle and a 53-19 loss at Oxford Hills. Victoria Garand and Ashleigh Mathisen had 13 points apiece in the loss to the Scots. Against the Vikings, Taja Wilkins had a team-high six points. The Rams were home with Scarborough Monday, welcome Cheverus Thursday, play at Bangor Saturday and host Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

In Class C South, Waynflete fell to 0-7 after recent losses at Poland (45-38) and at home to NYA (52-44). Sophie Aronson had nine points and Emi Boedeker added eight against the Knights. In the loss to the Panthers, Kilee Sherry had 18 points and Boedeker finished with 11. The Flyers sought their first win Tuesday at Sacopee Valley. After hosting Old Orchard Beach Thursday, Waynflete is home against Gray-New Gloucester Saturday.

Girls’ hockey

On the ice, the Cheverus/Kennebunk girls’ co-op squad was 10-2 at press time after wins over visiting Brunswick (6-0) and host Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland (3-2) and a 1-0 loss at Lewiston. Abby Lamontagne had three goals in the win over the Dragons. Lamontagne had two goals, including the winner, against Cape/Waynflete/SP. In the loss, Trinity Atwater made 26 saves.

“It wasn’t our night, so we’ll go back to the drawing board, get a good night’s rest and try to look at (Lewiston) and figure them out somehow,” said Cheverus/Kennebunk coach Scott Rousseau. “We got to figure out something to get something by them.”

Cheverus/Kennebunk hosts Gorham/Bonny Eagle Thursday and welcomes Cape/Waynflete/SP Saturday.

Portland/Deering was 3-8 after losses at Cape/Waynflete/SP (3-2) and at Scarborough (4-0). Inez Braceras and Caroline Lerch scored against Cape/Waynflete/SP.

Cape/Waynflete/SP was 5-5 at press time after losing at home to Cheverus/Kennebunk (3-2) and beating visiting Portland/Deering (3-2). After playing at St. Dom’s Wednesday, Cape/Waynflete/SP visits Cheverus/Kennebunk Saturday and plays at Scarborough Tuesday of next week.

Boys’ hockey

On the boys’ side, Portland/Deering improved to 4-2 after home wins last week over South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete (3-0) and Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle (6-1). Jake Luce had two goals in the first victory and Luce had two more goals and Miki Silva added three assists in the win over MOB. Portland/Deering hosts two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston Thursday and visits reigning Class A South champion Biddeford Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus fell to 2-5 after losses at Thornton Academy (4-1) and Lewiston (8-1). The Stags are at Yarmouth Wednesday (see for game story) and welcome Cape Elizabeth Saturday.

Indoor track

The Southwestern Maine Activities Association indoor track regular season continues Saturday.

Cheverus joins Gorham, Kennebunk, Noble, Thornton Academy and Westbrook, Deering competes against Falmouth, Scarborough, South Portland and Windham and Portland takes on Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Marshwood and Massabesic.


Cheverus’ defending Class A champion boys’ swim team downed Windham in its most recent meet, 83-62, while the Stags girls defeated the Eagles, 77-63.

Deering was swept by Kennebunk, as the boys lost, 78-42, and the girls fell, 93-76.

Portland’s boys enjoyed a 114-51 win over Gorham, while the girls lost to the Rams, 116-58.

Waynflete’s boys lost to Greely, 31-22, while the girls lost to the Rangers, 29-8.


Portland’s Zack Elowitch won the 160-pound crown at Saturday’s Spartan Wrestling Annual Tournament. The Bulldogs have an 8-3 record after last week’s 45-24 win over Biddeford.

Cheverus was 9-5 after a 48-15 win over Windham and a 39-24 loss to Marshwood.

Deering was 3-9 after a 45-24 win over Scarborough and losses to Biddeford (48-30), Bonny Eagle (42-27) and York (42-34).

Sun Journal staff writer Wil Kramlich contributed to this story.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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